South Carolina Democratic Primary Advisory Questions (June 2014)
Three South Carolina Democratic Primary Advisory Questions were on the June 10, 2014 Democratic Party primary ballot in South Carolina as advisory questions. All three were approved. The measures asked Democratic Party primary voters about how they view three statewide political issues:
- Allowing the state to determine how to regulate online gaming rather than the federal government.
- Changing gaming laws to provide for revenue for transportation infrastructure.
- Legalizing marijuana for medical purposes.
The measures, while statewide, were party specific and only appeared on the ballot for those who choose to vote on a Democratic Party ballot on primary election day.
Responding to the approval of Question 2, House Minority Leader Todd Rutherford (D-74) proposed a Myrtle Beach Casinos for Transportation Funding Amendment. The legislatively-referred constitutional amendment would allow "well-regulated, upscale casinos" in and around Myrtle Beach. Tax revenue from the casinos would be used to fund transportation infrastructure repairs and improvements.
Below are the official election results for Question 1:
Below are the official election results for Question 2:
Below are the official election results for Question 3:
- These results are from the South Carolina State Election Commission.
Text of the measure
There were three advisory questions on the Democratic Party primary ballot in 2014.
|“||Do you believe each state - not Congress - should decide for itself whether to allow online gaming and determine how to regulate online gaming in their state?
|“||The South Carolina Department of Transportation estimates more than $20 billion is required to fix South Carolina’s crumbling roads and bridges. Should gaming laws be modernized to fund the reapirs instead of a tax increase?
|“||Should medical marijuana be legalized for use in cases of severe, chronic illnesses when documented by a physician?
South Carolina has an open primary system for party candidate nominations for elections. This means that any registered voter, no matter what their party affiliation, can vote in any party's primary. However, a voter can only vote in one party's primary. On June 10, 2014, South Carolinians selected a primary ballot at their voting places, either a Republican ballot or a Democratic ballot. Those who selected a Democratic ballot voted on the Democratic advisory questions, while those who select a Republican ballot voted on the Republican advisory questions.
Path to the ballot
The Democratic Party of South Carolina submitted non-binding advisory questions to be placed on the party's primary ballot. The South Carolina Election Commission gave political parties until April 9, 2014 to submit their questions. The election commission charged the Democratic Party $3,500 for adding their questions to the ballot.
- Idaho Statesman, "SC Democratic June ballot to ask about marijuana," April 9, 2014
- Beaufort County, South Carolina, "Sample Ballots," accessed May 7, 2014
- The Post and Courier, "State Rep.: Grand Strand casinos could fuel road repairs," July 2, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The State, "Medical marijuana question coming to SC Democratic primary ballot," April 9, 2014
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